Jeh Johnson: 'This time it might be different' for gun reform

Jeh Johnson: 'This time it might be different' for gun reform
© Greg Nash

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed hope Sunday that “this time it might be different” for gun reform after a month that began with back-to-back incidents and capped with another Saturday.

“It feels like this time it might be different,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “My sense is that public opinion and congressional opinion are moving in the direction of doing some things consistent with the Second Amendment. This is a uniquely American problem and it requires a national solution.”

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Johnson further suggested that as the 2020 election cycle approaches, Republicans in Congress may be inclined “to be in a position to say they have done something on this” and that Saturday’s mass shooting in Texas may create momentum around the issue just as Congress reconvenes.

Danielle Pletka of the conservative American Enterprise Institute expressed skepticism, responding "My sense is that this is a triumph of hope over experience."

“I think that the more we see this… the more numb people are, and the less response we’re going to get. To me it’s like terrorism, in a way,” she added.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE, in the wake of the early August mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, initially expressed support for stronger background checks but has not touted them in recent weeks, reportedly after a call from National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre in which LaPierre said the organization opposed the measure.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.), meanwhile, did not ask the Senate to reconvene to vote on a universal background checks measure despite several congressional Democrats endorsing such a move.